"Valerie Gillies writes like the wind and jinks like a hare in the fields of language"
Valerie Gillies creates a poetry that lives up to Scotland’s resurgent powers.
Her language is musical, her themes elemental.
Mapping the country as she finds it today, she is alive to immediate experience.
When the grass dances
Orkney International Science Festival film
Mark Jenkins was commissioned to make this film about 'When the grass dances' featuring myself, artist Rebecca Marr and botanist John Crossley.
Read Valerie's poems
From The Spring Teller
The Harp to Aeolus
Inscription for the Wind-Harp by Mark Norris,
installed in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
The Mermaid Pool
Written during Valerie's time as Edinburgh's Makar
Hear Valerie reading a selection of her work here at the Poetry Archive
from Wych Elm ed. Max Coleman, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2009. Wych Elm Exhibition: Hand-painted lettering by Susie Leiper on two matching pieces of Elm prepared by Roger Hall.
"Born in Canada, brought up in Lanarkshire, and educated in Edinburgh and India...
Gillies writes a richly varied poetry which celebrates life."
Douglas Gifford, Scottish Literature
Former Edinburgh Makar, Associate of Harvard University, Royal Literary Fellow
"all the time I was there I was walking in your poem"
Anne Matheson, Biggar Public Art
Collections of Poetry
Contributions to Anthologies, selected
Where to Buy
Poetry in Public Places
Valerie Gillies has been inspired to create intensely collaborative works
Professor Laura SeverinNorth Carolina State University
Images: Valerie's portrait by Lachlan Gillies / Edinburgh by einszweifrei / all other images Rebecca Marr